Ancient Russian monastery restored in Tula region

Tula, June 24, 2022

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Enormous restoration work has been completed and is still underway at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Belev—one of Russia’s most ancient monasteries, reports Interfax Religion, citing the regional government press service.

Regional head Alexey Dyumin spoke about the restoration work:

“The Holy Transfiguration Monastery is the pearl not only of Belev, but of the entire Tula region. The last time I was here in 2019, work was underway. We discussed plans for further improvement. And now we see that the monastery has been significantly transformed,” Dyumin’s press service quotes.

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So far work on the Transfiguration Cathedral, and the Churches of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple and of the Exaltation of the Cross been completed. In 2019, the brother’s quarters and other buildings were improved.

Bishop Seraphim of Belevsky and Aleksinsky noted that after the restoration divine services resumed in the historical monastery, and pilgrims began visiting in increasing numbers.

Other churches in the Tula region are also being actively restored.

The Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery in Belev was founded in the early 16th century by local princes. It is located on the high left bank of the Oka River. Tsar Ivan the Terrible visited this monastery several times.

The town of Belev is located not far from Optina Monastery, and the monasteries and convents that flourished there before the Bolshevik revolution are often mentioned in the lives of the Optina elders.

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